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Seeking Jimmy Means decals for his '79-'80 MCs

 
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elcejay



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PostPosted: Wed Nov 30, 2022 1:27 am    Post subject: Seeking Jimmy Means decals for his '79-'80 MCs Reply with quote

Hello all, I am hoping that someone might know of a source of decals for Smut's 79-80 Monte Carlos, please.

https://twitter.com/NASCARMemories/status/908460905725399040/photo/1
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DaveVan



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PostPosted: Wed Nov 30, 2022 8:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'd look at doing them if I can find enough info.....
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pulln4dejr



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PostPosted: Wed Nov 30, 2022 12:05 pm    Post subject: Smut Means Reply with quote

I'm digging the Harry Gant "Race Hill Farms" Monte, never seen that one!
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elcejay



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PostPosted: Thu Dec 01, 2022 3:23 am    Post subject: Re: Smut Means Reply with quote

pulln4dejr wrote:
I'm digging the Harry Gant "Race Hill Farms" Monte, never seen that one!


I agree - it is a nice looking car! I have that one in the cue to build using the Bouchard decals from Mikes. https://www.mikesdecals.com/race-hill-farm-harry-gant-ron-bouchard-1979-powerslide-296-p-5189.html

There is another image on the Nashville420 website. This website is great to explore, with some lovely photos.

http://www.nashville420.com/Races/1980-2.htm
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elcejay



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PostPosted: Thu Dec 01, 2022 3:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

DaveVan wrote:
I'd look at doing them if I can find enough info.....


That would be great, Dave. There a few variations shown in photos on the web. Here are a few showing side and tail sponsors and contingencies. I can see both black and yellow hoods, and both Thompson Industries and Mr Transmission sponsorships. The details of the hood sponsorship is not obvious yet. I will keep digging.

http://www.nashville420.com/Cars/Means%20-%20Chev%2080.htm
http://www.nashville420.com/Cars/Means%20-%20Chev%2080a.htm
http://www.nashville420.com/Cars/Means%20-%20Chev%2079.htm
http://www.nashville420.com/Cars/Means%20-%20Chev%2079%20MC.htm
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 01, 2022 4:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Some more info and photos, Dave. According to Racing Reference, Mr Transmission sponsorship was carried for all 1979 other than the NAPA 500 (where he drove a Cunningham Kelly #14 car) and into early 1980. Thompson Industry sponsorship started for the first Darlington race in 1980. (One Broadway car in 1980 also - race 5 at Atlanta).

No clear images of some of the hood sponsors yet, but perhaps you can tell better than me how they might look?

A few John Betts images for the 1979 MIS races...

http://racersreunion.com/john-betts/gallery/47449/52-jimmy-means-9-bill-elliott-1979-gabriel-400-michigan
http://racersreunion.com/john-betts/gallery/47447/52-jimmy-means-25-ronnie-thomas-05-richard-brooks-1979-gabriel-400-michigan
http://racersreunion.com/john-betts/gallery/47460/52-jimmy-means-25-ronnie-thomas-1979-gabriel-400-michigan
http://racersreunion.com/john-betts/gallery/47497/2-david-pearson-52-jimmy-means-1979-champion-spark-plug-400-michigan

The ones below are from the Jimmy Means Racing Twitter site. No attribution to photographers, I am afraid, so a big thanks to whoever took and posted these images..

This looks like the 1979 Champion Spark Plug 400 @ Michigan
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CS-8TB0WEAAlWnK.jpg

Higher res from Nashville (Hylton's MC in the background is also a looker).
https://twitter.com/wrenchtwister00/status/1438861334280613890/photo/3

Darlington 1979 (unsure which race)
https://twitter.com/wrangler3chevy/status/1434686680162779140/photo/1
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 01, 2022 9:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Did some preliminary work on thee decals tonight. Lots of smaller writing I can not make out. Depends on demand and if we can figure out these unknown if I finish them. thx
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elcejay



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PostPosted: Thu Dec 01, 2022 10:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

DaveVan wrote:
Did some preliminary work on thee decals tonight. Lots of smaller writing I can not make out. Depends on demand and if we can figure out these unknown if I finish them. thx


Thanks Dave. I will keep searching for better info on hood and tail sponsors. I also emailed Mr Transmission and Thompson Industries in the hope that someone there might take interest and check archives and memories.
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 01, 2022 10:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You might try contacting Jimmy directly at meansmotorsports52 on Instagram, Jimmy Means Racing on Facebook or at Jimmy Means racing.com I don't have either, but I know that Jimmy is a super nice guy. He might be able to help you out.
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 02, 2022 7:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

TN Vols fan wrote:
You might try contacting Jimmy directly at meansmotorsports52 on Instagram, Jimmy Means Racing on Facebook or at Jimmy Means racing.com I don't have either, but I know that Jimmy is a super nice guy. He might be able to help you out.

Thank you - as obvious as it seems, I never thought to try JMR. I have now contacted them.
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 08, 2022 5:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Jack Yost of JMR is going to hunt through old newsletters to see what he can find. Thanks again for the tip.
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 08, 2022 11:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I would be in for a few sets Dave. Been waiting a long time for someone to do them. Your the first and thank you.
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